An independent Greater Manchester gym has been named the best in the country just over a year after opening – and now plans to launch its successful model as a franchise business across the UK and Europe.
onePT has just been presented with the National Club of the Year accolade (the most prestigious award in the health & fitness industry) – as well as Regional Club of the Year for the North – at the UKactive Awards, beating hundreds of others in a rigorous judging process.
The 5000 sq foot gym opened in January 2018 and has built up a fiercely loyal membership community, thanks to its focus on commitment and communication, and a combination of top-level support and world-leading equipment and facilities.
It was set up and is managed by Dr Neil Fell PHD, who played a key role in the development of Total Fitness Health Clubs before setting up and managing the Sports Medicine and Human Performance Facility at St George’s Park (the training home of the England Football teams). The onePT facility has been designed and developed in strategic partnership with world-leading fitness equipment manufacturer, Exigo-UK.
Comments Neil: “The beauty of onePT really is its community. This is not just a target-focused business: we are encouraging our member family to be healthy for life – and this is why our members are staying with us.”
Neil adds: “The timing of this award is incredible, as we are just about to launch onePT as a franchise business. We have been fine tuning the model over the last six months and will be officially launching it in September 2019, although enquiries are being taken now.”
“The concept was always designed to be franchised – and we have ambitions both in the UK and abroad. We have been putting a range of systems in place, from risk management and compliance, health & safety and food safety management, to the best health and fitness personal training product systems and services, in order to make a facility very efficient and simple to operate. This way the staff can spend more time supporting the members, which is the most important aspect of our business.”
Neil concludes: “I have known the team at Exigo-UK for over 15 years, and it has been fantastic to work with them to create such a truly amazing and unique facility: they are so knowledgeable and passionate and their ideas added greatly to my own research and experience, providing one-complete solution from build, to in-house design, manufacturing and installation.”
onePT underwent a rigorous independent UKactive assessment process designed to select the best in each category from hundreds of entrants. The independent evaluation process included anonymous customer insight surveys, mystery calls and visits, and a ‘Judges’ House’ assessment day.
UKactive acting CEO Huw Edwards said: “Congratulations to onePT – a fantastic example of the extraordinary work that is done to get more people, more active, more often.”
The franchise model is based on a facility ranging from 250 to 500 members with a facility size from 5000 to 10,000 sf ft. the membership range will be from £65 to £150 per month (depending on location) but this includes personal training, nutrition plans and assessments, unlimited gym access, classes and much more – giving a unique offering in the industry.